Participation in UN Meetings and Events
UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples
The Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples awards grants to representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations to travel and participate in the sessions of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Human Rights Council, including its Universal Periodic Review mechanism, and the treaty bodies. The Fund is administered by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The OHCHR website provides all of the relevant information, including application forms.
CBD Voluntary Funding Mechanism for Indigenous and Local Communities
The Convention on Biological Diversity has a voluntary fund to assist indigenous and local community representatives to participate in meetings of interest to them held under the Convention.
Information on meetings is available at the CBD’s calendar of meetings.
WIPO Voluntary Contribution Fund for Accredited Indigenous and Local Communities
The World Intellectual Property Organization also has a voluntary fund for indigenous and local communities to participate in relevant WIPO meetings. The WIPO website has information about the fund, including application forms.
The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme
The Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme aims to deliver global environmental benefits in the GEF Focal Areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation (primarily desertification and deforestation), and elimination of persistent organic pollutants through community-based approaches. Click here for more information
Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility
The objective of the IFAD Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is to strengthen indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations by financing small-projects which foster their self-driven development in the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to generate lessons learned and approaches for replication and up-scaling.
The Facility provides small grants of US$20,000 to US$50,000 to small projects designed and implemented by indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations. Click here for more information.
Other Funding Opportunities
United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window, which is due to open in 18 November 2016 at www.un.org/democracyfund/. Only on-line proposals during this period, in either English or French, will be accepted.
UNDEF projects are two years long. Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars.
- Community Activism
- Rule of Law and Human Rights
- Tools for Knowledge
- Women’s Empowerment
- Youth Engagement
- Media and Freedom of Information
- Strengthening Interaction with Government
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